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18 December 2023

International Agatha Christie Festival

Kate's heading to England!

Event date: 9/13/2024 3:00 PM Export event

International Agatha Christie Festival

Breaking News! Kate's been offered participation in the 2024 International Agatha Christie Festival to be held in Torquay in the UK in September! You know what that means? Months of worrying about filling the room! 


The Festival will be held from September 7 to 15, 2024, according to iacf-uk.org, the Festival website, with a week of fringe festival events and then the talks and presentations of the literary festival. Kate makes her Festival debut on Friday, September 13.  

For the last six months, Kate has been giving her presentation on Discovering Poirot through clues dropped by Agatha in the first decade of her books. For the festival, however, Kate is preparing a new presentation called Lost Lingo: Decoding the 1920s Novels for Today’s Reader. 

Earlier in the year, just when her glossary was published, we contacted Tony Medawar, the Program Director of the Festival, and sent him a copy of the book. 

A couple days after receiving the book, we saw this on X (twitter).  Of course this was just a short time before the 2023 Festival, so he and the rest of the staff were quite busy, but we really appreciated the post, and experienced a little of the "Christie Bump," an increase in book sales, so thanks, Tony!

Last fall, we heard back from Tony, having put the 2023 Festival to bed and taking a break, now getting into the planning stages for next year. With one message came an offer to participate in next year's Festival -- and here we are!

If you will be at the International Agatha Christie Festival in September, please stop us to say hello. And please come to hear Kate's talk on Lost Lingo!

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